Free in the New Year…Without the Side-Effects

blank list of resolutions on blackboardOne of the things we love to do in the New Year is make resolutions. We want to be kinder, exercise more, eat better…

Fat-Free Food

To eat better, we don’t want to get too crazy and give up life-long favs. So we head to the diet section of the grocery store and find our favorites…all sporting the word FREE.

chochipsFat Free

Sugar Free

Gluten Free

You get the idea. But if you flip the package over and read the ingredients, you might notice that in order to remove what makes something yummy, they have to add a lot of strange ingredients, some of which are worse than the original stuff. Who hasn’t eaten delicious ‘guilt-free’ chocolate…and then spent some time doubled over with stomach cramps? Sometimes free comes with a price–especially ironic when diet food costs so much more than their regular counterparts!

Is there such a thing as ‘free’ without the guilt? Absolutely. And the pastime is way more fun than dieting. I’m talking about reading, of course! 😉 When you visit blogs like Authors of Main Street, you find great reads that are often part of free promotions.

MCM med

By the way, my latest time-travel romance is now FREE, and extra-new because it has an updated cover.

Modern day Nashville and 1950s Detroit clash worse than an IKEA futon and a plaid Barcalounger when a free-spirited interior designer and a strait-laced automotive engineer find themselves in another time. TOMS-wearing Olivia Haugen and Madras-shirted Kyle Daniels have no idea why they’ve ended up in 1954 Michigan, but it’s probably not because of all the swank mid-century furnishings. Discovering the reason might have something to do with a wily salvage warehouse owner and her not-so-little shop of secrets.

Free…without the stomach cramps! Now that’s a New Year resolution I can get behind!


About bellastreet

Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes romance with a touch of weird. Visit her at
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9 Responses to Free in the New Year…Without the Side-Effects

  1. E. Ayers says:

    Got mine!

    And yes, read the ingredients! They drop the sugar but add more salt and sneak in other kinds of carbs. Just give me real chocolate, the really dark stuff with barely any sugar. (Lindt should be paying me. 90% cocoa. Smooth and delicious.)

    I love iced tea made from plain green tea, but you can’t buy it bottled unless it’s sweetened. That sugar-free green tea has been sweetened with something else. When will they get the hint that some of us don’t want anything in our tea or coffee!


  2. Carol says:

    Grabbed a copy of your book. Thanks! Can’t wait to read. 🙂 We deal with carbs, sugar and fat daily because of diabetes and heart problems. Cooking is a nightmare sometimes, particularly avoiding sugar and still making desserts palatable.


  3. leighmorgan1 says:

    Love the cover for: Mid Century Mayhem, Bella. It’s beautiful. I know what you mean about food labels. I’m trying to eat whole foods now so this isn’t such an issue. Still it’s difficult not to eat packaged food sometimes. Can’t believe all the stuff they add to crackers….jeeze! That’s for the FREEBE!

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  4. Cover is fabulous, do you do your own? Looking forward to the read 🙂


  5. bellastreet says:

    Thanks, KR. I do some, and did this one. I’m am still on a learning curve tho 🙂


  6. Joan Reeves says:

    Bella, congrats on the new time-travel. I like the cover. Can’t wait to read the book.


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